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Bolstering Glasgow’s live music venue further is the Classic Grand, a brand new venue on Jamaica Street. On the site of a former porn cinema and bingo hall, the 500 capacity venue opens on 13 October with My Latest Novel christening the stage. Acts of the calibre of Ed Harcourt (22 October) will be forthcoming, while regular club nights (See Club News for more details) and a regular comedy night ensure that this will be a welcome addition to the scene.

Pats on the back all round for Syke Music Festival, Belladrum Tartan Heart, Wickerman Festival, and T in the Park who all received nominations in the UK Festival Awards this month. The winners will be announced on 19 October and we’ll have a run down of the winners in our daily entertainment e-mailout The Lunchbox. Subscribe at

After saying aidos to their home of four years, the Backpackers hostel in Edinburgh’s west end, noted indie promoters Baby Tiger have found a new home for their regular shows: the Café Royale on West Register Street. Re-naming the custom made space ‘The Den’, the team inaugurate their new home with a show from the magnificent heartbreakers Porch Song Anthology (whose debut album received a nifty five stars from us last issue) on Friday 6 October followed by a visit from theatrical pop scallywags Scunner the following evening. Keep a beady one on our listings for more shows at the venue.

The Royal Scottish National Orchestra have announced they are making available for download 57,000 classical jazz, world and bluesrecordings from 40 record labels on RSNO online. The service will be a subscription service offering instant unlimited streaming, custom playlists eight full downloads a month. See for more details of their free trial of the service.

We always knew indie bods St Jude’s Infirmary were cultured types, but this month they have excelled themselves. First they approached crime writer Ian Rankin to work together on a track inspired by one of Rankin’s stories after he raved about the band on his blog. The song, ‘Foot of the Walk’ will be on the band’s new album. Secondly they have teamed up with painter and fellow Fifer Jack Vetrianno. The band are filming a video in conjunction with the BBC for their single ‘Goodbye Jack Vetrianno’ and the painter will have a cameo in the film which will be aired n the BBC’s The Music Show later this year.

Back from their summer hols in Rhyl or Morecambe or somewhere equally nice, the guys at Miso return to the 13th Note Café with a show starring Wire mag cover star, folky electronicist and all round good egg Wixel on 7 October. On 26 October they’ve also put together a truly tremendous triple bill featuring Godspeed You!, Black emperor founding member Mike Moya in his hrsta guise, Geraldine Fibbers frontwoman Carla Bozulich and Tall Ships. See for more info.


We’ve got some proper underground treats to give away this issue. We’ve scored two pairs of tickets for Red Sparrowes (pictured) who play the Barfly on 18 October and two pairs for the excellent indie triple bill of Fields, Good Books and Kid harpoon on 15 October at the Barfly. Just mail us with details of which tickets you would like, with your name and a contact telephone number to or ‘Red Sparrowes/Fields Ticket Giveaway, The List, 14 High Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1TE by 14 October. Usual List rules apply.


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